Your guide to What's On this weekend

Your essential guide to what’s on in and around Exeter this weekend (19-21 May).

THEATRE

The Play That Goes Wrong
Friday & Saturday, Northcott Theatre, Exeter
Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off in this multi award-winning West End smash hit comedy. The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! As the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue!  Don’t miss this brilliantly funny comedy that’s guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!  https://exeternorthcott.co.uk

Tell Me Anything
Friday & Saturday, Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
David’s 15.  He’s doing OK.  His girlfriend has an eating disorder but he’s doing OK. Combining rich storytelling with physical theatre, Tell Me Anything is tender, raw, brutally honest boy-meets-girl story – about a boy who’s trying to be a man and a girl who doesn’t want to be rescued. www.bikeshedtheatre.co.uk

Exeter University Footlights: Gypsy
Friday & Saturday, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
Widely touted as the greatest American musical, 'Gypsy' follows the dreams and efforts of Rose, the mother of all stage mothers, to make stars of her two daughters – whatever the cost. Tickets £12, £10 conc.  https://barnfieldtheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873570816

Blooming Out
Friday & Saturday, Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter
A clown show, interpreted by two Brazilian actresses that explores in a light and comic way the most intriguing moments of the feminine universe. The fascination of beauty, girly plays, the first time putting on make-up, the body’s development including its feminine parts, arrival of the period, the first kiss, virginity loss, oppression and fear, maternity, love, demands and social taboos, work, happiness and growing old; these are some of the many fascinating and scary themes that build the story of this plot. https://cygnettheatre.co.uk

MUSIC

ABBA Tribute... Take a Chance on Us!
Friday, 8pm, Broadclyst Victory Hall
The performers bring energy and fun to the stage that will ensure you will have a fantastic night to remember!! So put on your platform boots and funky suits and head over to Broadclyst for a great night of music and fun!  Tickets from Broadclyst Post Office and Broadclyst Victory Hall – call Tina on 01392 467161 or 07917 525228.
 
The Dream of Gerontius
Saturday, 7.30pm, Exeter Cathedral
Edward Elgar The Dream of Gerontius with The Sinfonietta: Mezzo-Soprano - Alison Kettlewell; tenor - Richard Berkeley-Steele; Bass -  Quentin Hayes. The Dream of Gerontius, a national treasure, is the final masterwork of our season. Tickets via www.exephil.org.uk or from the box office: Exeter Visitor  Information and Tickets, Dix’s Field, Exeter  01392 665885.

Mighty Force Awakens
Saturday, 9pm, Exeter Phoenix
Mighty Force has awakened after 20 years. Exeter’s first dance music store was also a promoter and an influential record label that helped launch the careers of Aphex Twin, Tom Middleton and Matthew Herbert. To kick off the return, Mighty Force founder Mark Darby has assembled some of the DJ/Producers that made and played the soundtrack to those heady party days along with some of the original production companies that decorated and provided visuals for those early raves. 9pm-2am, tickets £14. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

Lady Maisery
Sunday, 8pm, Exeter Phoenix
In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice.
www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

EVENTS

Devon County Show
Friday & Saturday, Westpoint Arena, Exeter
One of the biggest events in the county calendar and is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing day out sampling the many wonders of the local countryside. From fabulous livestock and fine local food, magnificent flowers and gardens, to rural skills and country pursuits and practically non-stop activity in six rings, there’s something for everyone who loves the Devon way of life.  www.devoncountyshow.co.uk

Charity Garden Opening
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Sutton Mead and Mardon, Moretonhampstead
The colours of the apple blossom, wisteria, rhododendrons and azaleas have never looked better. Both of these four acre gardens will be open in aid of The National Garden Scheme between 2pm and 6pm. There will be a sale of plants raised in the gardens and home-made teas. Parking is available at both gardens and for anyone wishing to combine their visit with a walk on the moor, dogs on leads are welcome. Moretonhampstead willow artist Katherine Miles will be exhibiting some of her work.

Meet the Maker Craft Market
Sunday, Transit Shed, Exeter Quay
Quality hand-made art, crafts and gifts by local makers. 10am-5pm.

Fore Street Flea Market 
Sunday, noon, Fore Street, Exeter
The perfect opportunity to spend the day soaking up the unique creative culture in this wonderful part of Exeter, at the only flea market of it’s kind in Devon. The day market will be open from noon-4pm,  and many of the shops on Fore Street will also be opening their doors for Sunday trading. The first of four planned markets for 2017.

EXHIBITIONS

Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful
RAMM, Queen Street Exeter
Catch a glimpse of the magic and mystery of the world under the sea. Dive in, and delight in the wonders of aquatic life. Through a playful mix of historic objects, film, illustrations, live creatures and contemporary craft, the exhibition combines science and art to inspire a greater appreciation of Devon’s glorious coastline for visitors of all ages. The exhibition runs until 17 September, open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm.

Pools of Colour Exhibition
The Glorious Art House, 120 Fore Street, Exeter
An installation by multi-media artist Lucy Patrick. An invitation to explore the ponds, pools and puddles in and around Exeter. Look at your city with renewed interest. The installation runs until 25 May, located in the gallery at the top of the Glorious Art Café and is free.